Principal Guest Conductor
Kazuki Yamada is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, from the 2012/2013 season. This followed his sensational debut with the orchestra, in June 2010, which was one of his first appearances in Europe. Previously, he was the winner of the 51st Besancon International Competition for young conductors, receiving the Audience Award as well as the Grand Prize.Yamada appears with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Malmo Symphony Orchestra.
In Japan, he holds the position of Associate Conductor with NHK Symphony Orchestra, also appearing regularly with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2010, he stepped in for an indisposed Seiji Ozawa with Ensemble Orchestral Kanazawa, and was subsequently given the title of ‘Music Partner’. In August 2010, he appeared with Saito-Kinen Orchestra, also at the recommendation of Seiji Ozawa. Passionate about choral repertoire, he is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Residential Conductor. The group have released four CDs with Yamada (on Fontec Inc).
In the 2012/2013 season he makes his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Turku Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Essen Philharmonie, Orquestra Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, with whom he will return to the Bad Kisssingen Festival.
His repertoire includes all symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Borodin, as well as a strong affinity for French 19th and 20th century composers. Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Boris Berezovsky, Leon Fleischer, Hakan Hardenberger, Noboku Imai, Daniel Müller-Schott, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Baiba Skride and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. As a student, he formed Yokohama Sinfonietta, where he remains Music Director. He was awarded the Ataka-Prize in 2001 when he graduated from the conducting course at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. He also studied under Gerhard Markson at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2002. In 2011 he received the Idemitsu Music Prize for young artists in Japan.